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Pūrakaunui Falls, The Catlins.

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11 Intriguing things to do in Southland

From whaling history to wonderful gardens, beaches studded with semi-precious stones, suspension bridges, great cafés and classic cars, hit the road in Southland to tick off these 11 great things to see and do.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Lake Gunn Nature Walk

Enjoy walking an easy loop track through red beech forest and alongside Lake Gunn, beginning from Milford Road. Read the story . . . 

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Must Do's: South Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Start planning your next road trip with great attractions, accommodation and things to see and do in the South Island with our full 2022 Must-Do's travel guide. Read or download it here! Read the story . . . 

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Milford Foreshore Walk

Wander through beech forest and along the sandy foreshore of Milford Sound, learn about the area from interpretative panels and enjoy fabulous views of Mitre Peak on this easy walk. Read the story . . . 

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Rakiura Stewart Island: smouldering sunsets and sunrises

At Halfmoon Bay, the main settlement on Stewart Island, sunsets and sunrises stretch into smouldering pyrotechnic displays. Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Te Anau

Visit Te Anau in Fiordland to get up close with rare native birds, experience cinematic landscapes, cruise New Zealand’s second largest lake, stay in unusual accommodation and learn fascinating facts . . . Read the story . . . 

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Waipapā Point: wild and windy

Right at the bottom of the South Island, the remote and rugged coastline at Waipapā Point is home to one of the last wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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The Kepler Track: blazing a new trail

The Kepler Track near Te Anau showcases vast tussock-covered ridgelines and spectacular alpine vistas, contrasting peaceful lakeside and valley beech forest in a must-do wilderness adventure. Read the story . . . 

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Six scenic spots to discover in the Catlins

The Catlins, the remote south-eastern corner of Southland, is comprised of bucolic farmland and pockets of beautiful bush, edged with wild coastline. Plan a visit if you’re looking for somewhere to really get away from it all.  Read the story . . . 

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Doubtful Sound: powerful serenity

The most obviously dubious aspect of Doubtful Sound is its name because as everyone knows, it’s actually a fiord, carved from the mountains by the action of a glacier long since gone the way of a Fruju in high summer.  Read the story . . . 

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Drive a bulldozer in Invercargill

In Invercargill, you can try your hand at operating seriously heavy machinery, with no special licence required.  Read the story . . . 

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Hollyford Valley: not your average walk

While less popular than the nearby Milford and Routeburn tracks, Hollyford Valley is nonetheless one of the South Island’s great tramping experiences. Read the story . . . 

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